Whittlets Victoria put in a top of the table performance to beat Valspar FC in the Presidents Cup Final. The cup final clash saw 1st placed Whittlets take on 3rd placed Valspar, both of which were confident having won their most recent league games.
The confidence of Valspar’s recent win over 2nd place Bonnyton Thistle showed and they started off the game brightly.In the 4th minute, Graham Anderson spotted Dylan Lawrie off his line and took a speculative shot from 40 yards out, however it flew over the bar.
Valspar then continued to dominate the opening exchanges, with Whittlets looking happy to try and counter them. A tactic which nearly paid off, when Lee McLymont found Robbie Urie on the edge of the box, however his powerful shot was well saved by Shane McWee.
From the resulting corner Valspar cleared and following a defensive mistake Declan Hughes raced through on goal. The number 7 then showed superb skill to bamboozle not one but 2 Whittlets’ defenders with two fake shots outside the box. One on one with Lawrie he showed excellent composure to slot past the goalkeeper and give Valspar the lead in the 25th minute.
Whittlets quickly responded to going behind by penning Valspar back straight from the kick off. This pressure nearly paid off when, in the 33rd minute, a defensive mistake from Valspar saw the ball fall to McLymont in space in the box. However, he failed to control the ball properly and took a rushed shot which was well saved by McWee.
2 minutes later, Alistair Boyle lined up a free-kick just behind the D, he hit the ball well and it took a deflection which caused it to cannon off the post. It looked unlikely that Whittlets were going to get an equaliser before half time, despite their intense pressure.
However, they did deep into added time with McLymont finding the Whittlets number 7 who lifted the ball by McWee and towards the back of the net. The ball hit off the post before being cleared by a Valspar defender but it was judged to have gone in by the linesman, putting Whittlets back into the match in 45+3.